A native of Argentina, Carmen Ruggero made America her home in 1959. She lived in California for most of this time, making the stage, a big part of her life. Carmen is also a photographer, specializing in black and white portraiture, and has worked as a news photographer for local publications.
Her photography work was featured in a recently released HBO documentary called "Beah: A Black Woman Speaks". The life and work of Beah Richards, actress, poet, and Carmen's long time friend, coach and mentor. Carmen Ruggero's fiction and poetry work has been seen in sites like Short Story Bytes, Scrivener's Pen, and her home away from home: BeWrite. BeWrite Books of London are the publishers of her coauthored poetry anthology "Shaken & Stirred", and a short story collection recently released, "Kaleidoscope".
Carmen's poetry will be featured in Poetry in Emotion, to be released in the fall of 2005. Carmen was the recipient of the Prix Poesie's Laissez-faire Award in February of 2004.
Sight of The Raven
We know what rain feels like: Tears from heaven.
Shed by Him, for us, His blessing – vernal.
Earth nourished, yet we feed like the raven,
eyes keen on waste, and discarded kernel.
Feet are for walking, arms hold, hands caress.
Body parts! Eyes to see, ears to hear, mouth
to speak, brain, think! Cipher logic, no less.
Yet we travel north seeking to find south.
We know our body parts. How to find them,
define, use them. But what is that within?
Seldom touched is the mind, the hidden gem,
unseen, untapped, below layers of skin.
Mind: precious, direct link to the Heavens,
yet we seek our food, as does the raven?
Carmen Ruggero @2004 & 2005 &2006